With a rich and resinous woody aroma profile, Dunhill Icon offers a superior sensory experience. For a mid-range price, its performance is outstanding and provides both long-lasting projection and an enduring longevity. Once in the $100 range, it’s now available at a steal.
Featuring deeply sensual tobacco and leather accords that are perfect for the winter season, The One is a heady fragrance. Although its not the best performer in longevity, it’s ideal for dates during those harsh winter months. Being a touch under $50, it sits squarely in this budget.
A breathtakingly fruity and complex aromatic fougère, Eros is an ideal all-year performer. If you’re on a budget and you don’t want to build out a collection for all seasons, this may be an ideal companion from those spring days to the hard winter months.
Kenzo Pour Homme is one of the most luscious aquatic fragrances that we have tried. If you are fond of Davidoff Cool Water, Kenzo Pour Homme will blow you away. Yet, its refined marine adventure cost only a portion more!
With fresh melon, basil and cucumber notes, Polo Blue is a refreshing choice. Ideal for summer parties and workouts, it may not be one of the best performing fragrances but it’ll keep you cool under the searing sun. We prefer Kenzo for general summer wear but Polo Blue is an excellent alternative.
As we will often highlight, all reviews are written using the Bespoke Unit Fragrance Formula. Our in-house review matrix enables us to provide a quantifiable verdict based on objective scores and evaluations.
This is challenging given that fragrances are a subjective matter. However, we have worked hard to develop an unbiased system. During this process, our reviews are provided scores among which is the value for money. This takes into account the RRP as well as the price we paid in case there was a sale.
We base all these prices on 100ml bottles given that there are many volumes available. This allows us to properly stack them up against one another according to price.
As a result, we ensure that we recommend fragrances according to their value for money when buying the same volume. For instance, it would be unfair to recommend a 25 ml vial at $50 in this list. Similarly, it would be misleading to include a large 6.7 Oz bottle as the bulk price per volume would be less.
On its own, the value for money score only accounts for 4% of the final verdict in the Bespoke Unit Fragrance Formula. However, when archiving our results on a spreadsheet, we can filter out the low scores whilst sorting them by pricing.
Once this is done, we are able to pick out the top 5 fragrances very easily simply based on their results in the original review. Using this as a basis rather than our personal opinions allows us to provide an impartial and comprehensive list of the best men’s colognes under $50.
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